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Boroughbridge AFC 'A' Match Reports 07/08
August to December
25/08/07 - Beckwithshaw Saints Res 3-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
A young, inexperienced Bridge outfit took a surprise lead in the 6th minute through Paul Scaife who drilled his shot into the bottom corner after a Chris Wood throw was flicked on by a home defender. Most of the play was confined to the combative midfield area and for some of the Bridge players it brought home the harsh reality of the transition from Junior to Senior soccer. 'Shaw's equaliser ironically came from a Bridge throw which they gave away and a cross from the right was converted by Dan Skelton. Steve Warburton then had a header saved by McKenzie and Watts was just off target but the home side also had a host of chances but Bridge managed to hang on until the break. Five minutes into the second half, however, Chris Lawrence was left unmarked to chip over the advancing Fisher and though Bridge had one period of four successive corners they generally lacked the nous to break down an experienced home guard. Skelton wrapped the game up three minutes from time when he the time and freedom of the penalty to beat Fisher.
Man of Match - Andy O'Hare
01/09/07 - Harlow Hill Res 0-0 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Despite the scoreline both sides had some good chances but a mixture of sound goalkeeping, goal line clearances and some glaring misses left both Managers to look back on what might have been. James Cooper on debut for Bridge made two fines early saves and at the other end Tom Ekin was denied by a miraculous goalline clearance from Francis Wilson. Undoubtedly the chance of the half fell to Danny Waters who outpaced the Bridge defence only to be denied by a brilliant save from Cooper. Bridge started well in the second half with Johnny Richardson missing two good chances and Tony Lazzari saving a Paul Scaife free kick but it was Harlow who finished the stronger with Simon Sunley missing a great opportunity to win the game five minutes from time.
08/09/07 - Harold Styans Res 2-3 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Bridge struggled in the early stages against Styans direct approach and a five man midfield but the home side failed to make this tell and on 11 minutes an incisive through ball from Chris Stephenson found Paul Scaife who beat the offside trap to put Bridge in front. It was Bridge's turn to pull the strings and James Harris saved well from Tom Ekin and Steve Warburton only to be beaten again on 21minutes by an Andy O' Hare shot cum cross that flew into the top corner. James Drew got the home side back into the game 10 minutes before the break and two minutes into the second half he took advantage of some sloppy defending to bring the teams level. Bridge responded well and on 55 minutes they got their noses in front again as Wayne Fisher drilled the ball into the bottom corner after good work from Warburton and O'Hare. Bridge's task was made much harder when they were reduced to 9 men but with another assured performance from keeper James Cooper and some no nonsense defending they managed to survive.
15/09/07 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-1 Spa Athletic Res - League
Fielding only two players over the age of 21 years Bridge 'A' displayed a steely determination to overcome an experienced Spa side full of confidence following their 12-0 demolition of Kirkby Malzeard the previous week. A speculative Callum Willey volley tested keeper Steve James in the opening minutes but generally it was Spa who held sway in the opening exchanges with the pace of Johnny Hewison and Ollie Gill causing the main threat. Bridge survived and through Chris Stephenson, Andy O'Hare and the pacey Ollie Bone they began to exert their pressure. A series of corners followed and a minute from the break they got the breakthrough when an O'Hare effort was blocked and Willey powered in the opener. This was the fillip Bridge needed and they increased their lead on 56 minutes as James could only parry a Wayne Fisher corner into his own net. Simon Hunter then brought the best out of Bridge keeper James Cooper but on 65 minutes he was beaten by Zac Drummond after a Spa corner. Steve Kilroy then had a goal disallowed, Bridge a player sent off and the home side were unlucky not to increase the lead as Tom Ekin hit a post from the free kick. Ten minutes from time O'Hare put Johnny Richardson clear down the wing and from his cross Steve Warburton stooped low to head in Bridge's third which resulted in the visitors also being reduced to ten men.
Man of Match - Chris Stephenson
22/09/07 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 4-2 Brafferton Rangers a.e.t. - County Medal
Bridge got off to the worst possible start when a long clearance from Rangers keeper John Sherwood threw their defence into disarray allowing Ali Wildash to slot the ball past James Cooper. This rocked the home side with Cooper forced into three great saves and when he was beaten the bar came to his rescue. Bridge rarely threatened and apart from a Tom Ekin shot that hit the post they were lucky to go in at the break only one goal in arrears. Four minutes into the second half Craig Tetley got them back on terms after good work from Scaife and Fisher but 5 minutes later it was deja vu as Chapman and Cooper got into another tangle leaving Wildash to chip home his second. Cooper atoned for his part with another fine save to deny McKeown before Wayne Fisher turned his marker and his innocuous looking shot slipped under Sherwood's body. Bridge finished the stronger but with extra time beckoning Gary Watts shot over when well placed. On 102 minutes the tireless Steve Warburton hit the post with Fisher on hand to poke home his second and he completed his hat trick ten minutes from time.
Man of Match - Callum Willey
06/10/07 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-2 Harlow Hill Res - County Medal
Harlow progressed to the next stage of the Medal competition and in truth did not have to unduly stretch themselves against a disappointing home side. Bridge did have the first chance when Wayne Fisher shot wide but thereafter Harlow's pace and passing caused endless problems and it was no surprise when they took the lead on 29 minutes. The home defence failed to deal with a cross from Bowpinder Power leaving Jamie Ord with a simple chance from 8 yards and 5 minutes later another incisive Harlow move was clinically finished by Ord. The half finished with an overhead kick from Steve Warburton bringing out a spectacular save by Tony Lazarri to keep Harlow's lead intact. The visitors continued to dominate in the second half with Tetley clearing off his own line and when sub Johnny Ibbotson gave away a penalty James Cooper, who gave another impressive performance, denied Ord his hat trick. This seemed to spur on the home side and in the 76 minute a sensational strike from Chris Chapman smashed into the top corner leaving Lazarri a virtual spectator. Bridge pushed for an equaliser without seriously the Harlow goal and need to reflect on the opening hour of play when they let themselves down.
Man of Match - James Cooper
13/10/07 - Kirk Deighton Rangers 5-2 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
In an open encounter it was the home side who started the brighter and took a deserved lead through Liam McEntee on 5 minutes. It did not last long as Johnny Brear latched on to a Les Hale through ball to clip the ball over Deighton keeper Drew Tindall. They had a great chance to take the lead when a Steve Warburton header rebounded off the bar but somehow Ollie Bone managed to shoot wide from a few yards out. Minutes later Rich Vogal converted a Ross Park cross and after a string of fine saves from Wayne Fisher Deighton went further ahead on 36 minutes when James Ripley smashed home their third. Bridge got back into the game on 70 minutes through Steve Warburton only for Vogal to restore the two goal cushion five minutes later as he cut in from the right to beat Fisher at the near post. Any hopes Bridge had of getting back into the game were dashed five minutes from time when Fisher did a Paul Robinson allowing a gleeful Vogal to complete his hat trick.
Man of Match - Paul Norfolk
20/10/07 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-1 Harlow Hill Res - League
Struggling for a side all week Bridge were able to call upon the services of Steve Kirby whose experience and guile proved invaluable in this evenly balanced contest. The visitors certainly had the better of the opportunities in the first half with Jon Bailes and Kirby clearing of their own lines and keeper Delroy Rudd making up for his fumble with an excellent double save. In the second half Bridge came more into the game and Jon Brear shaved the bar and Chris Chapman was inches wide with another effort. Just when Bridge seemed to have Harlow rattled Chris Story cut in from the left and picked out sub Matt Roebuck to fire home the opening goal. This was on 81 minutes and looked like securing the points for the visitors but straight from the kick off the ball was played to Steve Kirby and Steve Warburton ran on to his through ball to beat Tony Diver from an acute angle. Minutes later Bridge thought they had snatched the points when Chapman headed home a Kirby free kick only for the Bridge skipper to be adjudged offside.
03/11/07 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 3-3 Harlow Hill Res a.e.t. - Alverton Trophy
Harlow Hill win 3-1 on penalties
For the fourth time this season Bridge failed to beat Harlow Hill but, on this occasion, they have only themselves to blame as they exited the Alverton Trophy. They took the lead on 20 minutes through Ross Mardon and Chris Chapman doubled their advantage on 31minutes. Within three minute however an incisive Harlow move cut through the home defence and Nick Smith made the best of the opportunity. Bridge continued to have the better of the game with Steve Warburton guilty of missing two guilt edged chances before Paul O'Reilly headed home a deep Fran Wilson cross on 63 minutes. Still Bridge continued to have the better of the play only to find Michael Recchia unwavering in the Harlow goal. When Warburton scored in the 103rd minute following a goalmouth scramble they should have killed off the game but once again they were punished for squandering their opportunities when Lee Wilkinson hit home a cracker 4 minutes from the end. Bridge took the early initiative in the penalty shoot out but Recchia saved the next two and a glaring miss from Paul Norfolk put Harlow into the next round.
Man of Match - Steve Kirby
10/11/07 - Clifford 5-0 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
A much weakened Bridge side was no match for in form Clifford and that was reflected in the result. The home side have got a strong squad together and their play was cohesive and sharp and it was no surprise when they took the lead on 15 minutes through Mark Murphy. James Cooper briefly stemmed the inevitable with two excellent saves but he was beaten again on 37minutes by a penalty from the stylish James Jeffreys after Chris Chapman had brought him down. Bridge's cause was exacerbated by injuries to Mark Schofield and Tom Ekin and their task was made harder two minutes before the break when Murphy added his second. In a damage limitation exercise Bridge went to a very defensive formation in the second half which kept the home side at bay until the 75 minute when Wayne Grainge added their fourth and two minutes later Danny Proctor completed the scoring to maintain Clifford's excellent start to the season.
Man of Match - Jon Bailes
17/11/07 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 1-2 Burley Trojans Res - League
With Johnny Brear and Tom Hoare controlling midfield Bridge started off much the brighter of the two sides but it was the visitors who had the best chance with a Danny Kenna header bringing a point blank save out of James Cooper. After this Bridge got on top forcing several corners and free kicks only to allow Burley off the hook by their poor dead ball delivery. They did however take the lead ten minutes before the break when Dave Burniston picked up a throw in from Rich Renton and from 30 yards out gave Tim Fendyke no chance as his shot rocketed into the top corner. Five minutes into the second half it started to go wrong for the home side when Chris Chapman headed into his own net and ten minutes later a Matt Steer effort found its way past several Bridge players and an unsighted Cooper into the net. The home side pushed forward with an unmarked Burniston heading over, Tom Hoare getting a nose bleed when he got in the Burley box and Rich Renton firing high and wide as Bridge dropped into the relegation zone.
Man of Match - Dave Burniston
24/11/07 - Otley Town 'B' 1-1 Boroughbridge AFC 'A' - League
Bridge's best moments in the game were at the start and finish and in between times they had to thank their keeper James Cooper for rescuing a valuable point with a stunning display. In the 1st minute Ross Mardon headed wide a Mark Schofield free kick and a minute later they took the lead as Gary Watts ran clear on goal and when Richard Halloran blocked his effort the ball ricocheted off a chasing defender into the net. The goal served as a catalyst to the home side who began to create problems down both flanks with Joe Wood and Josh Waite pulling the strings. It was no surprise when Otley equalised and it was Waite who created the opening weaving his way past two defenders before cutting the ball back for Wood to score. Watts had a half chance but Otley continued to dominate and when Wood tried to repay the compliment Cooper pulled off an amazing save to deny Waite's short range effort. The second half followed a similar pattern as Otley hit the post, had a goal disallowed, much to their chagrin, and were once more denied by a string of fine saves from Cooper. Having ridden their luck Bridge could have stolen all three points but for two smart Halloran saves to deny Johnny Brear.
Man of Match - James Cooper
01/12/07 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-3 Sherwood Res - League
Despite an improved performance Bridge again came away pointless losing the game to a Justin Sinclair own goal in the last ten minutes. Sherwood dominated the opening exchanges and took a deserved lead through Owen Hines who headed home a cross from the left in the 5th minute. After some of their recent performances Bridge could easily have buckled but with Ross Mardon inspirational in midfield they got back into the game with Mardon setting up Ollie Bone who coolly slotted home the equaliser past Giles Holdsworth. It could have been even better if Dave Burniston had put away a header to an Ollie Bone cross just before the break and as is often the case they were punished on 57 minutes when hesitancy in the home defence allowed Mike Johnson to fire into the bottom corner. Again Bridge's response was positive as Tom Ekin's dipping volley hit the bar, Mardon then equalised with a slight deflection of Eddie Plumpton before Steve Warburton hit the bar when clear on goal. Sherwood were then unlucky to have a gaol disallowed following a challenge between Phil Myles and James Cooper which resulted in the Bridge keeper having to leave the field but their perplexity soon turned to smiles when Sinclair own goal gave them the points nine minutes from time.
Man of Match - Ross Mardon
22/12/07 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-5 Kirk Deighton Rangers - League
With Johnny Bailes and Jonathan Brear both carrying injuries Bridge's plight was made worse in the first half when they lost Tom Ekin and Andy Hale, the latter being replaced by his dad. Despite these setbacks for 35 minutes Bridge more than held their own until a Dan Gore chip 10 minutes before the break and a second from Rich Vorgell 8 minutes into the second half put Deighton in control. Mark Suttle clipped home the third five minutes later and Ross Park beat Cooper at his near post for the fourth but between times the keeper did produce two excellent saves. A harsh penalty decision allowed Dan Gore to get his second before a brief rally from the home side saw Marcus Philpott, returning after a 16 month lay off, and Gary Watts add a couple of late goals.
Man of Match - Marcus Philpott
29/12/07 - Boroughbridge AFC 'A' 2-2 Harold Styans Res - League
Two injuries at a vital stage of the game and a late Styans fightback denied Bridge a much needed three points. After an evenly contested first half the deadlock was broken on 47 minutes when Marcus Philpott netted at his second attempt. Injuries to Ross Hamilton and Craig Tetley forced Bridge into changes but when Gary Watts added a second 14 minutes from time Bridge looked home and hosed into changes. Losing key midfield players took its toll, however and Styans took full advantage pulling a goal back through Damion Stanton before Mick Ramsey cut in from the left to fire home the equaliser in the 85 minute. In difficult conditions both sides contributed to an enthralling encounter and a draw was probably about right where eight booking discredited the keenly contested nature of the game.
Man of Match - Andy O'Hare
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